The Land of Whimsy
One of my favorite stories growing up and told by my father was about two young children named Sally and Dick. My younger brother and I were enthralled by the adventures these two would find themselves in. As a bedtime story, nothing could have been as riveting as when the found themselves in Chocolate land… until that is one night at bedtime my father told us about “The Land of Whimsy”. I was hooked!!
One of these days I plan on getting my father’s stories published. The characters he created like George the Ant, and Stuffy the Teddy Bear, were so lovable and real to my brother and me. As I grew older and realized that he hadn’t been reading these stories from a book, I was amazed. I’ve written a large part of his stories down so I don’t forget them, but the one I’ll never forget was the tale of the Land of Whimsy.
When I first came across the fabric from Heidi Grace I fell in love with it. The pattern and textures so rich and inviting and filled in my mind what I had always perceived the Land of Whimsy to be. Trying to find a way to put the fabric together proved very difficult however. My wife Kay watched me as I started full of promise only to rip parts of it back up and restart again. The aggravation when it wouldn’t do what I wanted as I would pull it apart again, only to hear me cursing at it again.
It was a long road to get it completed and now it’s finally back from the quilter (who did a superb job… again!) and now I get to bind it. I think I did a decent job of giving it a life with the pattern I chose and feel it reflects those wonderful stories that my father told.
Each small square tells of an adventure that happened in one of the larger squares (lands) and sometimes there would be two adventures in one story.
The binding is sewn on to the front now I just need to hand stitch it down to the back. I should have it done by the weekend and be able to continue working on that Christmas quilt. Until then, have a wonderful week everybody!!
Beautiful! I haven’t had the guts yet to create my own design yet 🙂 I just fiddle with colors and layouts of traditional blocks right now. With my new score of quilting gear though I might give it a shot, all of this new stuff is inspirational 🙂